Published on February 28, 2014
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans offices and sites will be closed for the Mardi Gras Holiday Monday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 4. We will re-open for normal business hours Wednesday, March 5. We wish you a fun and safe Mardi Gras!
Mardi Gras Prayer
Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for it is from your goodness that we have this season to celebrate.
We thank you for the abundance of gifts you shower upon us. We thank you especially for one another. As we give you thanks, we are mindful of those who have so much less than we do AS we share these wonderful gifts together, we commit ourselves to greater generosity toward those who need our support.
As our feasting fills us with gratitude, so may our fasting and abstinence in the days to come hollow out in us a place for deeper desires and an attentiveness to hear the cry of the poor. May our self-denial turn our hearts to you and give us a new freedom for generous service to others.
We ask for these graces with our hearts full of delight and stirring with readiness for the journey ahead. We ask them with confidence in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.